In just over two weeks we celebrate Easter. It is typically the largest church attendance of the year. It is also a great opportunity to serve guests and encourage people to connect with us on an ongoing basis. Thom Rainer recently wrote about getting ready for Easter guests, so I adapted his list into the following categories. Hopefully we will invite Easter guests, expect Easter guests, and be ready to serve our Easter guests. Here are some things to do to be ready for our guests on Easter Sunday.
- As you come to church pray for our guests.
- Pray for lost people.
- Pray for a meaningful worship time and Bible study.
- Leave the best parking spots for our guests.
- Park farther away if you can.
- Greet everyone you see.
- You will see guests.
- You will see church members from other worship hours.
- Introduce yourself.
- Tell them you’re glad they are here.
- Be genuinely glad they are here.
- Ask if they need directions.
- Walk with them to Bible study and/or worship.
- Leave the most convenient seats for our guests.
- Sit as far forward as you can.
- Sit toward the middle.
- Make seats available for guests.
- If “your” seat is taken, sit somewhere else.
- Pray as you leave church.
- Pray that unbelievers would continue to respond to the Holy Spirit.
- Pray that we can minister to our guests.
- Pray about how you can serve someone you met.
Now that I think about it, this list is a great way to prepare for every Sunday, for guests and for family. I’m looking forward to a great Easter weekend: Good Friday worship, the community Easter egg hunt, as well as Easter Sunday morning. Thank you in advance for serving the people God brings into our midst this Easter, and for serving one another in love week after week!